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New Jersey Probate Attorneys Help Clients with Will Contests & Challenges in Camden County, Middlesex County, Essex County, Passaic County, and Union County, NJ

Challenging the conditions of a will or trust in New Jersey is a complex matter, as is defending a will against such a challenge. In addition to the legal issues involved, challenging a will carries with it highly charged emotions because it usually involves family members. Known as a “will contest,” this type of legal matter requires the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey will contest lawyer.

At Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, our NJ estate planning & probate attorneys help clients contest wills all the time. In addition, we mount defenses against NJ will contests. We are prepared to advise clients about the feasibility of taking action to contest a will. Because we handle both types of cases, we understand the arguments used by those challenging wills and those defending wills. As a result, we are able to provide strong representation to clients who need to challenge a will and to clients who need to defend a will.

Issues in New Jersey Will Contests

A will contest is a challenge to the validity of a trust or a will. Some of the most common allegations in NJ will contests include:

  • Undue influence by someone, usually in a position of trust, who persuades the person making the will to name them as a beneficiary.
  • Lack of testamentary capacity of the person making the will due to dementia, unconsciousness, severe illness, alcohol, drugs, or anything else that makes it unlikely that the person understood what was happening.
  • Fraud, which involves a beneficiary lying to the person making the will, with the result that the person then drafts or changes the will in favor of that person.
  • Duress or coercion that involves the beneficiary threatening the testator (the person making the will), who then acts as the person wants.
  • Superseded will when a more recent version is found that is different from the previous will.
  • Improper execution is alleged by interested parties who charge that the filing and execution of the will did not follow New Jersey procedures.

Whatever the basis for the challenge or defense, our NJ will contest lawyers advise clients about the strengths and weaknesses of the case and develop a plan of attack that seeks the best possible outcome. Our New Jersey probate attorneys act quickly to initiate the contest and use their knowledge and litigation experience to undertake discovery and employ tested will contest strategies.

Call an Experienced Newark Probate Lawyer Today for Help Contesting a New Jersey Will or Trust

If you believe that something is not right about a loved one’s will, consult a knowledgeable NJ will contest lawyer to learn about your options. Talk with our New Jersey attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC by calling or emailing us anytime. With offices in Newark, Westfield, Scotch Plains, East Brunswick, Cherry Hill, and Clifton, our law firm makes it easy for New Jersey clients to learn if they have a will contest case.

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